Protect Children in the Car

Children’s car seats, booster seats, and seat belts are made to keep our children safe. On average, 2 children under 13 were killed every day in 2016 while riding in cars, SUVs, pickups, or vans. The same year, there were 328 children under the age of 5 saved because they were in car seats. Make sure your child is in the right seat and buckled right - every trip, every time.

On January 1, 2019, the Nebraska Child Passenger Safety Law updates took effect. What do you need to know?

  • All children up to age eight must ride correctly secured in a federally-approved child safety seat / belt positioning booster.
  • Children ride rear-facing until up to age two or until they reach the upper weight or height limit allowed by the car seat’s manufacturer.
  • Children under the age of eight must ride in the back seat, as long as there is a back seat equipped with a seat belt and is not already occupied by other children under eight years of age.
  • Children ages eight to eighteen must ride secured in a seat belt or child safety seat (belt positioning booster).
  • Children up to age eighteen are prohibited from riding in cargo areas.
  • Violation carries a fine, plus associated court costs and 1 point may be assessed against the operator’s driving record.

Every day in Nebraska, parents and caregivers travel with children in their vehicles. While some children are buckled safely in the correct car seats for the ages and sizes—most are not. In Nebraska, from 2015-2017, there have been 25 children, birth to age 14, killed in motor vehicle crashes. All children under 13 belong in the back seat, buckled up—every trip, every time.

Car seats and booster seats are designed to keep children safe, when they are installed and used correctly. Nearly half of all car seats and booster seats are installed incorrectly. It is not uncommon to see an 80% misuse with car safety seats, however, the good news is Nebraska has a 97% child safety seat use rate! Make sure that your children’s car seats and booster seats are installed correctly according to manufacturer’s instructions. Find an inspection station in your area to help today: https://dot.nebraska.gov/media/6715/ne-inspection-stations.pdf.

Be a good role model and protect your life as well by wearing your own seat belt, every time you drive or ride in a vehicle. If you have questions about car seat laws, or need a car seat fitted, or need help with a car seat, contact Four Corners at (877) 337-3573 or info@foucorners.ne.gov.